Google Tracks You

and we don't.
​DuckDuckGo apps block

Google's hidden trackers.
​The world needs an alternative

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

November 19th 2019

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

Forms

Nothing happens until

you complete the

form. Get over it.


Submit your claim ​21-526EZ


Other-than-honorable discharge?

You’re still eligible for VA mental health care​

INN TO THE FOREST

​Lodging & Camping in southern Illinois with access to the Shawnee National​

We offer lodging, camping,

​stabling, corral, pasture,

access to a hunting lease and

discounts for America's

military veterans!

Get your VA medical records online
Our online tools can help you view, organize,

and share your VA medical records and personal

health information. Find out if you’re eligible

and how to sign in to start using these tools.

Found in Gourmet Foods

Sugar-Free

So it's healthy, Right?

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need

a letter proving their status. Access and

download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and

other benefit letters and documents online.

The Google IT Support Professional Certificate
The IT Support Professional Certificate, developed by Google and hosted on Coursera, can help you become ready for an entry-level job in IT support in under six months. No experience is necessary.

VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide
Reference guide to help during final

arrangements planning

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

38 CFR Part 1

​Disclosure of Certain Protected Records

Without Written Consent - (VA) proposes to amend its regulations on disclosure of certain records. now authorize VA to disclose certain protected records to non-VA

entities (including private entities and other Federal agencies) for purposes of providing health care or performing other health care-related activities or functions. ​​

Traveling?

​How to ensure seamless care while traveling

How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

Affect Veterans' VA Benefits
VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal

or child support, and only under certain conditions.

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.

Veteran Disability Claims: Nexus and IMO Letters

To meet the nexus requirement, the veteran must have an evaluation by a physician that will establish that the veteran is indeed disabled and also that his disability is as likely as not caused by his military service.  There are two methods used to establish such a nexus; one is independent medical examination and the other is independent medical opinion.

Jim's Mailbag

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

For Better Brain Health, Preserve Your Hearing
Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

Give veterans more health care options!
Tell your lawmaker

Veterans deserve more choice

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​Family Medical Leave Act problems after husband's deployment

Vet being harassed at work

VA doctor malpractice

Child support arrears create hardship

68 year old veteran with cancer

When did the Vietnam era start

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer and now C& P exam

Diabetes claim secondary to OSA

Revisiting child support order

Gulf War veteran behavior found to be willful misconduct

​All these and many more answers to your questions can be found at 

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Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Where should we retire?

We get $2,470 a month from Social Security

and want a warm, friendly city near the ocean.

VA launches online patient portal for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

announced the launch of an online patient portal

this month that will provide service veterans

with digital access to their patient statements.

AT WAR
40 Stories From Women About

Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get to

Do What I Do"

Everything you ever wanted to know about how

the VA benefits system works but were afraid to ask.
Welcome to the

KnowVA Knowledge Base

VAWatchdog Dot Org

Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

Hodes Milman LLP

​VA Malpractice Attorneys Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA​
​​Veterans Healthcare Rights - Federal Tort Claims -

VA Medical Malpractice Claims, Misdiagnosis, ​Hospital Negligence, Medical Errors
For a review of your VA malpractice case contact our lawyers today.
Our firm serves throughout the nation, and is one of the few firms to have specialized experience in VA malpractice cases.
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PAPER Evidence Records

and Claims All Go Here

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Key findings about America’s military veterans

​​The experiences of post-9/11 veterans differ from

those who served in previous eras. Post-9/11

veterans more likely to have been deployed,

seen combat, experienced emotional trauma

The NPRC

Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Can VA Disability Compensation Be Used

to Calculate Child Support or Income?

​Veterans' disability benefits are compensation

for the veteran's impaired earning capacity and are intended

to "provide reasonable and adequate compensation for

disabled veterans and their families." They are not

supposed to be for the sole support of the veteran, but

can be counted in child support calculations to provide

for the veteran's dependents as well. If the veteran wasn't disabled, he would be earning an income upon which the

court would base child support; since disability benefits replace that income, child support can be based upon it.

Should I file a claim?

Potential VA claims?

​What am I missing in the VA claims process?

​r/VeteransBenefits

Best way to check on a supplemental claim online?

​Confused on what to do with claim.

​Dependent status with education benefits.

​Suing the VA for negligence and malpractice.​​

Why You Need An IMO!

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving

Conditions of the Spine

​The OIG determined that VBA incorrectly

processed more than half

of the 62,500 veterans’ claims.

Veteran Proud

You've Arrived at the VAWatchdog Dot Org!
​Welcome Home
We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under

38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

​To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran

must first show that the veteran’s

conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years 
and it's still one of the best ways I know to win 
your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of 
the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

Gregory M. Rada - A Veteran for Veterans

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and/or individual unemployability (TDIU)

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Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise
Gabapentin, Baclofen May Be Seen

as Opioid Alternatives

What You Need to Know About How

Section 8 Really Works
Based on our reporting, we created a guide to the Section 8 program. You’ll learn how to apply, how to qualify for a voucher and what it’s like to live in Section 8 housing.

Trump Administration Weighs Tighter Requirements

for Disability Payments
Older workers would be among those most affected

Triple-Dipping: Thousands of Veterans Receive More

than $100,000 in Benefits Every Year

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that in 2013, nearly 60,000 disabled veterans received cash benefits from three different federal programs simultaneously.[1] More than 2,300 veterans received $100,000 or more in annual benefits each, and the highest annual benefit amounted to more than $200,000.

The medications that change who we are

​They’ve been linked to road rage, pathological gambling, and complicated acts of fraud. Some make us less neurotic, and others may even shape our social relationships. It turns out many ordinary medications don’t just affect our bodies – they affect our brains.​​

Accrued Benefits and Substitution

What are Accrued Benefits? Accrued benefits are benefits that are due, but not paid prior to a Veteran’s death. 

Craig Bash M.D., MBA

The Veterans Medical Advisor


If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned

certain benefits.​ Sad to say, sometimes it can be difficult for the veteran to obtain the earned

benefits guaranteed by law.​ Veterans need a recognized medical expert who knows the VA

system. As a disabled veteran himself and a respected, board certified physician, Dr. Bash fits the

need—and adds even further insight as a VA-accredited service organization representative. 


​​Call   925-381-7561    Email   drbash@doctor.com

OPTIONS FOR REDUCING THE

DEFICIT: 2019 TO 2028

​End VA’s Individual Unemployability

Payments to Disabled Veterans

at the Full Retirement Age for Social Security

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.


Independent Medical Opinions
Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Service & Civilian Medical Record Reviews
Nexus Letters


Get In Touch With Dr. Seiter

Community Care - ​Veterans Overview
VA provides health care for Veterans from providers

in your local community outside of VA. Veterans

may be eligible to receive care from a community

provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA.

Your Apps Are Tracking You

​It's Time to Check Which Apps Are

Tracking Your Location

Here's How Your Marital Status Affects

Your Social Security Benefits
Married, widowed, or divorced? You'll want to read this.

Testosterone treatment should be given only

for sexual dysfunction, guideline suggests

There's no evidence that long-term

testosterone treatment is a "fountain of youth."

Drew Early   Veterans Law Attorney
Graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point

Adjunct Professor - Emory University Law School
20 Years Army Service - Airborne - Explosive Ordnance Badge
Free Case Review - Nationwide Representation
BVA/DRO Appeals - Fiduciary & Caregiver Issues, Trusts, Wills
Appeals of Veterans & Survivor Claims
(770) 939-1939

All the Ways Google Tracks You

And How to Stop It

Here's how to keep it from tracking your location,

web browsing, and more.

How to File Your State and Federal

Taxes for Free in 2020
TurboTax and other tax prep services advertised themselves as “free,” but we found several ways that they tricked people into paying. Here's our guide to preparing and filing your taxes without falling into a trap.

Look Out

Trump’s Social Security Administration Wants

People with Disabilities to Prove it
Stepping up reevaluations is a good way to

purge the disability rolls in the name of

"enhancing program integrity."

VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION:
Actions Needed to Enhance Information

about Veterans' Health Outcomes
GAO-20-26: Published: Dec 16, 2019.

Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2020.

PTSD, MST, TBI, 
Agent Orange Exposure, Back Injuries

Gulf War Syndrome, Migraines, Heart & Vascular Disease, 
DIC, Unemployability TDIU

Free Veterans Disability Consultation!      Call Now!  (800) 742-5035

Adam R. Luck,

Veterans Law Attorney

​Roger Hale,  Veterans Law Attorney​​

​Personal Injury Lawyer - Free Consultation For Veterans​
​​Industrial Accidents   Nursing Home Negligence   Car Accidents   ​

Workers Compensation   Veterans Law​     

Pain & Suffering     Emotional & Mental Anguish

(​405) 531-9983

37 States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits
Want to minimize taxes on your Social Security income? Here's what you need to know.

Trump Administration Quietly Goes

After Disability Benefits

A proposed regulation would add a

new layer of scrutiny to disability claims

Veterans Law Library

​A Comprehensive Collection of Materials Relating to

the Veterans Benefits Adjudication Process

National Park Passes
Veterans, with a service-connected disability rating, are entering Federal recreation lands and national parks for free with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime Access Pass.

GLOVERLUCK

Veterans Law At Your Service

​PTSD and other mental impairments
Military Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Agent Orange exposure
Camp Lejeune water contamination
Gulf War Syndrome
Asbestos or Radiation exposure

​Federal Tort Claims/Title 38 U.S.C. 1151

Also known as FTCA and Section 1151 Claims

​Nationwide Representation 

844 244 VETS (8387)

Veterans PTSD Assessments

Independent Medical Opinions    PTSD DBQs

​Thomas Grieder, MD, PhD

​Twenty five years service as a VA psychiatrist

Assistant Professor and Associate Clinical Professor

UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

​Lead psychiatrist for the East Los Angeles PTSD Clinical Team

Contact Dr. Grieder

The Law Offices of David Anaise, MD JD
Board Certified Physician/Surgeon    Accredited Veterans Law Attorney    Military Veteran

DRO, BVA, CAVC Appeals     Nexus Letters     Independent Medical Opinions
Has Your Claim Been Denied?   Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?
You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney.
Why not speak with both at the same time?
(520) 219-7321  
 Free Case Evaluation    (520) 219-7344

Proposed Social Security disability

changes could cut off disabled recipients

Under the proposal, millions more reviews would be conducted and hundreds of thousands of people

would have reviews more frequently.

​U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler, who sits on the House

Ways and Means Committee, which has oversight over Social Security, said he is supportive of the proposal.

Weary Veterans Exemplify a Nation

Reluctant for War With Iran
While as mixed in their views as other Americans,

the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

are now a larger proportion of critics of

interventions in the regions they once fought in.

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form,

and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through.

We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and

nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades,

and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen

Contact Us Today

How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

Website Monitoring Tool

Presumptive Benefits...what are they?

When you claim that a disabling condition is caused by military service, you have to prove that allegation.

Or do you?

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!

Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken

steps to maintain its leadership commitment and develop its action plan, but still needs to demonstrate capacity

and establish metrics to monitor and demonstrate

progress addressing VA health care concerns.

Your 2020 Guide to Social Security Benefits
Whether you’re claiming Social Security in 2020, have been collecting benefits for years, or are still decades away, here’s what you need to know about this critically important retirement program.

Marijuana Accessories

Upload evidence to support

your disability claim
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.

An IMO by an expert  often makes the difference!

Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back

money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise

Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works.

How To File a VA Disability Appeal
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes. Find out how to file an appeal.

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

Be a Volunteer.

I did that for years & it's

the best thing ever. Get 

into the belly of the beast.

VA  loves  volunteers!

Do You Need

Medical Care

RIGHT NOW?
​You are already authorized

to use an urgent

care clinic!

Dr. David Anaise

Physician - Surgeon - Veteran

Veterans Law Attorney

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Veterans Benefits on Reddit

VA Launchpad for Veterans

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad

App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers.

New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

If you're thinking of filing a claim or initiating an appeal of a denied claim, this is your new best friend. The details of exactly what you need to meet a rating are here and in use every day. Yes, it's complex. Yes, it's cumbersome. Yes, knowing how to use The Schedule is a necessity if you want to file a successful claim. Go for it!

Social Security and You

Vets being duped by Social Security rumor mill

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Chronic Pain Is an Impossible Problem
A “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers

turns out to be not so safe.

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

Research Article

Veterans Who Apply for Social Security Disabled-Worker Benefits After Receiving a Department of Veterans Affairs Rating of “Total Disability” for Service-Connected Impairments: Characteristics and Outcomes

A Few Of The Most Common Processes You Need To Know To DIY Your Claim